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LINN Keosa
11 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
MSRP  795.00
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hyperpro a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011

Bottom Line:   
When given the right amplification these speakers are excellent, However under power them and the bass they produce will sound monotonic and sluggish making a very lazy sound. Bi-Amping them with two Acram Alpha 8r and P (pre/power) produces very good results.

-The treble is very sweet and projects way out in front producing good separation of instruments and good sound stage. You can pick out the positioning of instruments clearly.
-Midrange is the speakers strongest point with very good depth of field and layering of sound, great with voices, piano acoustic guitar.
-Bass, get it wrong and these speakers will sound sloppy but incredibly with good amplification are capable of producing deep, deep sub bass.

Positioning they are designed to be positioned with their backs very close to a wall between 10cm-30cm, this is due to their infinite baffle design therefore have NO bass ports.

I have amplified them with Arcam Alpha 8r and P, Audiolab 8000s, Alchemist Axoim and Rotel RA 930 AX. All producing very different sounding results. My preference is for the Arcams to go along side them.

No the last word in speakers but a good solid 4 out of 5 stars. If they sound bad partner them with a better amplifier/s.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hugh a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I've had my Keosas for several years, and been really pleased with them. They're good all-rounders: delicate and quite refined, but easily capable of rocking very hard when you want them to.

There are two sets of binding posts, for really easy bi-amping (no need for a dealer to mod the crossover or anything). I absolutely recommend bi-amping: not only do you get twice the oomph, but also a noticeably more precise sound.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by dali a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Auditioned the Keosas at my local Linn dealer (hooked up to a Linn Classik) and loved the rock'n'roll sound. Yeah! Brought them home (hooked up to Rotel hardware) for a weekend and at first still loved the rock'n'roll sound. Yeah! Tried other types of music and realized that the Keosa is all about mids. Yuck!

To be honest, in my system they couldn't play anything but rock/metal, anything else sounded really weird. They are specifically engineered for Linn Classik, which I guess has a really weak midrange.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by uncleryk a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have a conrad johnson pre, dynaco st70
fully rebuilt in single ended mode,
mit interconects and a velodyne sub..(one of the older models built when they were still making quality musical subs not intended for movie watching., in other words very musical and fast fast fast.)
The keosas are not very impresive when hooked up to the linn system they were intended for. I am not very impressed with the linn classic or much of the linn line of amps at all. Once you go tube,transister stuff just doesn't cut it.
Yes, some whales are very good.... mabey better than tube but you better win the lottery first. Dollar for dollar you can't beat tubes....sorry!
The keosas are clean and put out almost as much bass as the sub but i find the crossover and sub add that extra realism and snap to the whole thing.
OK, here is my point.... I see in other reviews people are using Nad, and Rotel amps. These folks don't realy know the true potential of the Keosas. If you have a cheap transister amp don't buy these speakers!!!!. The keosas are a good example of how one should spend more on they're front end and amp before they spend lots on speakers. These are great speakers, they don't quite disapear as well as the more expensive linns but for 1000 cnd. they are very transparent. They are fast, lots of bass but not boomy. They will give you what you put into them, that is to say they dont tend to ad their own foot print to the sound .This lets you enjoy each recording's personality and what the engineer's idea of what he or she wanted you to hear. When used with lesser amps. the speakers are quite impossible to set up right and sound grainy, slow, trashy and just about any other bad thing you can come up with. 4 out of 5 because only the very best get 5....right?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mario a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I, I'm resubmitting after a few years and changes. I have to say that the somewhat "grainy" nature of the treeble have completely disapeared after changing amplification (yes only that). Goog god what a difference. I purchassed some Exposure combo (the VI, VII, and super VIII) still new, but very old stuff (old stock at a small retailer in Montreal). What a delight. I always liked that combo and even after 15 years, I can't find anything I like more.. they got 2000$ us out of me for this. It used to sell for 3500$ I think. Nonetheless, it changed the speakers unbelievably. Better than a 6000$ Linn combo (k140 and Kairn), and better than a YBA intégré DT, or the new 2010 integrated (from Exposure but what is that?). The Exposure kit is 55W but at high current (22,5 amps output current for the super VIII). What nice comtrol and detail is scarry sharp. Room effect, sharp imaging, soundstage dept, it's all there or should I say back (I remember my old days with my sugden a21, and rogers ls4, in a small room of course, and tons of tweeking). Now I'm gonna have fun with sources. Let's see, the Rotel, the Exposure or the Planet?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000




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